From John Armstrong
Chilicothe 8 November 1800
Agreeably to your riquest I have enterd with the auditer the Lands Located for General Koscuskiosko, and payed the taxes thereon. this track is well situated on the Sioto, if the general does not intend it fore sale perhaps he would do well, to have an agent in this country who would let it out on Lease, improving the Land would inhance its value, and the tenant in possession always be accountable for the taxes
this letter Sir will be handed you by William McMillen Esqr. delegate in congress from this country, who will convey any communications you may have to make on the above subject. he is a gentleman of Talents and integrity. it would be using too much freedom to ask leave of introducing him to your acquaintance. I have the honer to be with much respect your Obd. Servt.
RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Honorable Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 5 Dec. and so recorded in SJL.
John Armstrong (1755–1816) had become acquainted with Tadeusz Kosciuszko during the American Revolution, when Armstrong was a young officer of Pennsylvania regiments in Continental service. Armstrong remained with the army, serving in the Ohio Valley, until 1793, when he took up residence near Cincinnati. Three years later he became treasurer of the Northwest Territory. He was also a magistrate and judge (ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends ; TJ to Kosciuszko, 7 May 1800).